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Fox River Heroes


James Phillips aka “Te Fox” 1930-2001


A middle school science teacher for 10 years and a field inspector for the Kane County Environmental Dept., Jim became internationally known as a Robin Hood-type folk hero


operating under the pseudonym “Te Fox.” His 30-year clandestine campaign to raise awareness of the pollution of the environment by corporations began in March 1969, and included targeting local companies for their pollution of lakes, creeks, streams and stormwater run-off through sabotage like plugging up drain pipes and leaving dead fish at corporate headquarters.


Nature Center, new Forest Preserve


Red Oak Nature Center, 2343 S. River St. (Rt. 25) North Aurora, IL 630-897-1808


Owned by the Fox Valley Park District, this family and youth oriented nature center is located deep in a 40-acre woods along the east bank of the Fox River. You’ll learn about nature’s secrets along the wooded paths and from the nature center’s exhibits, and enjoy the seasonal beauty of the forest ecosystem. An observation deck provides


a wonderful view of the Fox River and a short trail will take you to the legendary Devil’s Cave, a popular attraction. Te center’s exhibits are hands-on and children will love to interact and learn about nature. www.foxvalleyparkdistrict.org


Grassy Lake Forest Preserve, Lake Barrington


At nearly 700 acres and owned by the Lake County Forest Preserve District, this beautiful property overlooks the Fox River and preserves more than 4,000 linear feet of river shoreline. Trails and public access sites are being planned and built, and the land will go under a significant restoration program. Volunteers are needed. www.lcfpd.org


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Fox River Special Places to Visit


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